This weekend we spent our time (camping) at the FSA annual conference, which was great! We heard from three really interesting speakers:
Jo McAndrews and The Children’s Forest- about how we support participants in these changing times and allow them a positive vision of the future
Tony Juniper-environmental campaigner and chair of Natural England
Alison Kriel- An ex-headteacher who spoke of creating a new curriculum
We went to three workshops
Chris Holland- Story telling
The children’s Forest Tree song forest
Lily Horsman- Needs at Forest School
We spent time round fires, walking in woods, hiding from the rain, giggling whilst trying to compete in a nature based quiz and danced the night away at a ceilidh. We have come away refreshed, inspired, connected, damp, tired, but full of positive thoughts and new connections with other Forest School professionals both locally and nationally.
Links and further reading:
Jo McAndrews https://kca.training/profile/jo-mcandrews
Alison Kriel https://alisonkriel.com
Tony Juniper https://www.tonyjuniper.com
Lily Horsman https://kindlingplayandtraining.co.uk
Chris Holland https://www.wholeland.org.uk
The Children’s Song Forest https://soundcloud.com/songforests
On returning we met to feedback our thoughts and discuss the positives of our year and to reflect on our future planning for Sawpit Woods CIC. We realised as we wrote our annual report and reflection that we have been fairly busy this year.
So here is our work in numbers:
This calendar year we have run 14 session days of Holiday Clubs
This has reached 61 children from 36 different families
We have run 42 after school sessions, reaching 42 children from 28 different families
We have run 37 Parent and Child sessions, reaching 24 children from 18 different
We have planted approximately 200 trees and 60 hedging plants
80 people have been involved in this tree planting project
We have worked with 30 volunteers
We have welcomed 90 school children to the woods throughout the year through their
Forest School sessions
We have reached over 295 people in the local community throughout the course of the
year in the woods!
And after all of this, we had another gentle, inspiring, enriching, playful and engaging afternoon in the woods with some children, which are both at the centre of why we do what we do. We learned about hawthorn, planted some trees from seed, swung around, checked out the stream, wove with some sticks and celebrated a birthday! Happy Birthday Natalie!